Mild cerebral palsy is a form of CP that can take some time to diagnosis due to the fact that the physician wishes to ensure it is not another type of movement disorder that may be in early progressive stages. Paying special attention to a child’s motor skills and speech early on in life will help in a proper diagnosis of mild cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is most often diagnosed in the early stages of a child’s life, usually before a child is able to communicate symptoms they might recognize themselves.
Mild CP is a classification associated with the severity level of the impairment to the child. The scale of severity ranges from mild, to moderate, to severe. Through a series of communication methods and observations in mobility, physicians are generally able to classify the level of severity early on, but the diagnosis can change. Generally wanting a correct diagnosis, doctors may forego a diagnosis until after several visits to a specialists.
The generalizations of characteristics of a child with mild CP consist of a child able to move free without assistance. The day to day activities are not necessarily limited to impairment from CP. A more severe level is moderate CP, which may require a child to use leg braces to walk, medications, and adaptive technology to assist in everyday functions. If a child does not show this severe of signs of impairment, a classification of mild CP would be used as terminology for the child’s severity level of cerebral palsy.
Children with mild cerebral palsy generally can still live normal everyday lives, with very little assistance needed to function freely in society. In some cases, a child with mild CP might only seem slightly awkward when undergoing daily functions, and will require no special assistance throughout their lifetime. The ability to live a normal, independent life with mild CP greatly depends on the child’s self-management of the logistics of life as they grow into adulthood.
Diagnosis of cerebral palsy should be conducted in the early stages of childhood so the correct analysis can be determined, and proper treatment and care can begin immediately. Treatment can be expensive, but if medical malpractice was the cause of your child’s cerebral palsy, an attorney may be able to help you file a claim. There is help out there for families unaware of where to turn, and treatment facilities for both children and family of the child with CP. Call us with any legal questions at 1-855-833-3707.